• “I don’t have a dad. He’s locked up.” I like to swim a lot, but they only give us 3 minutes to shower. I’m 15 now. I was 13 when I first came here. I live with my mom and grandmother. Not my stepdad. He split with my mom—she kicked him out because he was doing drugs and giving me drugs. Just bud […] July 6, 2016
  • “I’m not allowed to see my biological mom, but I know her telephone number by heart.” The first time I was in the system, I was 14. I’ve been here twice. Now I’m here on violation of parole. I was fighting in school. They had me for assault with a deadly weapon. I hit a girl with a hammer. The hammer was in a utility closet. The girl tried to jump me. […] April 27, 2016
  • “I ran away because my boyfriend pressured me.” I’m in 12th grade. I’ve lived in here for 8 years, but I’m originally from the Bronx. My mom and dad still live together. I ran away because my boyfriend pressured me. I’m waiting for a slot to open up at another facility, I’ve been waiting for three months. I want to go to city college. I stay in the girls’ wing, […] March 30, 2016
  • “I lost my freedom in detention!” This week, Juvenile In Justice concludes the features on two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention. Jose Vidrio shares his experience of being in and out of the juvenile justice system and the conditions of confinement, and touches on his achievements as an adult now.  ……………………….  by Jose Vidrio I was physically abused by my […] January 8, 2016
  • “I am very happy with my life now.” Over the next few weeks, Juvenile In Justice will feature the stories of two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention. This week, Amy Stephens-Vang shares her story of resilience and recovery. ……………………….  by Amy Stephens-Vang I moved to California when I was six years old. My parents are both alcoholics and drug addicts. […] December 17, 2015
  • [USA Today] Richard Ross interviewed on Justice podcast For the past few days, Richard has been part of a podcast series and online chat featured on USA Today entitled “Why is the juvenile justice system failing girls?” under the hashtag #usajusticechat April 30, 2015
  • Images projected during FLEXN in New York From March 25th to April 4th, images and factoids from the Juvenile in Justice project were projected adjacent to Peter Sellar’s dance performance, FLEXN. See more info here: http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/flexn April 6, 2015
  • CNN Photo Essay + Interview: Girls behind bars tell their stories “For a ling time, I took pride in not prostituting. My last relapse, I started prostituting on my own,” said B.X., 18. “My mom and dad were both alcoholics. They owned a bar. I was left alone a lot. My mom was drunk when she found me on the street. I had run away. She […] March 26, 2015
  • PBS Photo Essay: Life inside a juvenile detention center for girls Three girls at a juvenile facility in Racine, Wisconsin. Roughly 30 percent of incarcerated youth in the United States are female. Thanks, PBS! Today Girls in Justice was featured in a small photo essay on PBS NewsHour written by Mike Fritz. March 17, 2015
  • Too many girls are locked up to keep them ‘safe’ This story is also featured on the San Francisco Chronicle By Richard Ross There is a growing problem of girls and law enforcement. The problem is not the violent catastrophic deaths that have captured the news. It is the slower escalation in how we treat the girls — no less life threatening and just as destructive. This is […] February 26, 2015
  • “Because I’m the new girl” I’ve been here and there for a month at a time. I was a month in girl care. Mom and dad don’t live together. If I get out, I really don’t have anywhere to live. The last time I lived with my mom was in a shelter, four years ago. It was a shelter for […] December 10, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-7-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Healing From Trauma: Girls in Juvenile Justice “The level of trauma experienced by girls now in the juvenile justice system is unacceptable” is somewhat of an understatement. When looking at the life histories of girls in the […] November 7, 2014